The IASTED International Symposia on
Imaging and Signal Processing in Healthcare and Technology
ISPHT 2011

May 16 – 18, 2011
Washington, DC, USA


Mobile Health - Military & Civilian Applications Making a Difference Today

Dr. Ronald K. Poropatich
Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), USA


New innovations in the mobile healthcare market are expected to drive down costs while expanding access and improving quality. By 2012, the current number of world-wide applications (about 200 million) could triple, according to a report from Pyramid Research. While the technology is available for m-health to advance, physicians and providers will need to address several challenges. In particular, the healthcare industry has been a slow adopter of technology- and regulatory issues often have slowed down the process. The security of mobile technology will continue to remain an issue- especially when combined with the sensitivity of private healthcare information. This session will describe several mobile health applications currently in use, present an evaluative framework for mobile health, and address some of the challenges in meeting regulatory and security issues. Evolving technologies being pursued by the DoD will also be presented.

Biography of the Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker Portrait

Colonel Ron Poropatich, MD is the Deputy Director of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), of the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) at Fort Detrick, MD which manages over $300 million/year in federally funded research in advanced medical technology. He also works towards wide-scale implementation of telehealth applications across the U. S. Army Medical Department in both stateside and overseas locations. COL Poropatich is a Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, and is the Chair of the NATO Telemedicine Expert Team. He is a former President and Board Member of the American Telemedicine Association and a practicing Pulmonary Medicine physician at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the "Telemedicine and e-Health Journal".